Center for Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Principal Investigator
College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice
700 Children’s Drive
JW4984, Columbus, Ohio 43205
About: Dr. Bridge is an epidemiologist and principal investigator in the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He earned a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh.
General Research: Dr. Bridge’s primary research interests involve vulnerability factors of adolescent suicidal behavior, benefits and risks of pediatric psychotropic medication use and research aimed at improving the identification, emergency management and follow-up care of youth at risk for suicide.
Research/Clinical Interests: Epidemiology of suicidal behavior, neurocognitive vulnerability to suicidal behavior and health care for suicidal youth and adolescents.
Current Research Projects:
- A study to determine how impulsive aggression and neurocognitive functioning contribute to a theoretical model of future suicidal behavior in adolescents with major depressive disorder.
- A diversity supplement to expand Dr. Arielle Sheftall’s knowledge of familial risk factors associated with adolescent suicidal behavior with a primary focus on parental neurocognitive functioning and impulsive aggression.
- A three-site linked study to identify those neurocognitive deficits that are affected by developmental changes and those that are constant across the life span, and to evaluate their contribution to the classification of past attempters over and above other clinical risk factors.
- A study to test the acceptability and feasibility of Intensive Crisis Intervention (ICI) for adolescents experiencing suicidal ideation and/or suicidal behavior.
Active Funding: National Institute of Mental Health/NIH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
Education and Training:
1993 BA/English and Literature, BS/Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
2001 PhD, Epidemiology University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health
Postgraduate Education/Training: 2001 - 2004 Post-doctoral research fellow, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh
2010 - present BMC Psychiatry (Associate Editor)
2014 - 2015 BMC Psychiatry (Interim Section Editor: Child, Adolescent, and Developmental Psychiatry)
2005 - present Member, American College of Epidemiology
2011 - present Member, American Association of Suicidology